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disposal

noun     /dɪˈspəʊzəl/
[U] ENVIRONMENT the act or process of getting rid of something, especially by throwing it away: This agency regulates the disposal of hazardous substances. The manufacturing process is being changed in an effort to reduce waste disposal costs.
[C or U] FINANCE something that is sold by a company, such an asset, property, or part of its business, or the act of doing this: The company is looking at the disposal of non-core operations. The official blamed lower sales on the disposal last year of assets that did not fit into the retail-and-luxury empire the company is trying to craft.make a disposal The supermarkets group is required by the competition authorities to make disposals as a condition of the merger. Sales by volume, excluding acquisitions and disposals, rose 3%, up from 2.5% in the first quarter. No firm timetable was set for asset disposals. The company has launched a disposal programme to generate cash.
[U] FINANCE, BANKING a situation in which it is stated that a debt does not need to be paid or will never be paid: The company also put aside 5.29 billion yen in reserves for disposal of bad debt.
at someone's disposal available to someone: Advertising and public relations specialists have a range of techniques at their disposal. It's great that we have this innovative technology at our disposal. The booming company has many billions at its disposal to fund new initiatives and acquisitions.
(Definition of disposal noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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